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Systematically challenged to mutual love

This year, I received as a gift the book “My Ecumenical Journey” by the founder of the Focolare Movement Chiara Lubich (1920-2008). The compilation of reflections about ecumenism are accompanying my morning meditation before I start to work.
One year ago, I joined the communication department of the World Council of Churches, a membership organization that works for unity between churches from different Christian denominations.

#WCC70: A story of life

In writing a story for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Elias Crisóstomo Abramides of Argentina, from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, is writing the story of his life. His service at the WCC opened for him the gate to meeting and loving “the very good Creation of God”: love, respect and admiration for the life of his neighbours and for all creation.

#WCC70: Chiara Lubich and the World Council of Churches

The relationship between the WCC and Chiara Lubich dates back to the time of the Second Vatican Council. On her death, Samuel Kobia paid tribute, saying: “Our love for Chiara and immense gratitude for the gift of God she has been to the ecumenical movement, will continue to motivate and inspire us in our work for the visible unity of the church”.

WCC, Chiara Lubich and the Focolari

18 April 2018

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Chiara Lubich's passing, the Focolare movement and the WCC want to reflect on their common path and work for unity.

Geneva, Switzerland / online

“Spirituality of unity” inspires many Focolare follower

“We have re-discovered that we were one church before and have, indeed, a great common heritage.” These are the words of Rev. Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, as he spoke at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - Presented by Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - A Protestant Perspective on Chiara Lubich’s Commitment to Unity – Unity of the Church and of Humankind
Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”

WCC Programmes

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - Presented by Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation

Spirituality of Union and Dialogue of Life - A Protestant Perspective on Chiara Lubich’s Commitment to Unity – Unity of the Church and of Humankind
Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for Ecumenical Continuing Formation, at a Focolare ecumenical meeting entitled: “Walking together. Christians on the road to unity.”

WCC Programmes

Geneva conference reflects on legacy of Chiara Lubich

A conference held by the WCC and the Focolare movement founded by Chiara Lubich addressed the theme of “Peace and justice, fruits of unity” on the 10th anniversary of Lubich’s last visit to Geneva and the fifth year after her death.

Round Table sponsored by WCC and Focolare movement

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Focolare movement founded by Chiara Lubich will hold a round table discussion addressing the theme of “Peace and justice, fruits of unity” on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Lubich’s last visit to Geneva and five years after her passing away.

Peace and justice, fruits of unity

The WCC, and the Focolare movement founded by Chiara Lubich will hold a round table discussion addressing the theme of “Peace and justice, fruits of unity” on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Lubich’s last visit to Geneva and five years after her passing away.

Tribute to Chiara Lubich

Recalling the charisma of Chiara Lubich as a "flame of love that began to shine in the midst of the ashes and destruction of war" in a tribute to the founder of the Focolare movement, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia shared the "deep sorrow" of her many friends on the WCC upon the news of her death. Chiara Lubich, who dedicated herself to the promotion of peace, church unity and inter-religious dialogue, died on 14 March aged 88 at her home near Rome, Italy.

WCC general secretary confident about Christian unity progress

At today's ecumenical Vespers service presided by Pope Benedict XVI, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia underlined the importance of "a church that is one and united in its witness" to a world marked by violence and disunity.  The service in Rome marked the conclusion of the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.